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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 10:53 AM   11
Sherileigh
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It's a bit sensitive for me, I wanted to BF soooo badly. But my son did not. I tried everything, with every bit of help I could find, he just wouldn't latch. I pumped for 9 months!! For many reasons, but mainly I just wanted him to be nourished by something that was made by me...made me feel more connected...and of course the bonus of burning those extra calories. And another HUGE reason is of course the approx. $200/month we saved! Formula is EXPENSIVE!!!
THe next one I will BF, the next one WILL LATCH! I am determined...lol. But if they don't, I don't know that I could pump again...that was brutal



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 12:10 PM   12
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thanks for your opinions ladies, they've given me a different perspective!! and i hope know one thinks i was trying to start an arguement, just wanted to hear peoples experiences etc!

sorry if im being stupid here (i probably am) but sherileigh how come pumping the milk hurt? is it different to bfing? sorry ive never done either!!

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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 13:14 PM   13
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I am like you, I am kinda weirded out by the idea. What I plan to do is to pump and feed my milk from a bottle that way. I like the idea of the all the immunity etc. I don't want to feed the formula because I would like to save on costs as much as possible. If I am unable to produce enough milk like my hubby's aunt - it won't break my heart that I wasn't able to bf though..... I am kinda in the middle about the situation....



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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 17:01 PM   14
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$200 a month for formula?! Bloody hell! I thought the british government were bad cos upto 6months formula is never on special offer, and not included in loyalty point etc! In the UK It's uner 8 per tine which lasted us approx 1 week! I've just looked on foreign exchange, and that's about $13 - so $60 at most a month!



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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 17:21 PM   15
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It's approximately $30 for a big can of formula here. That's if you want the good brands. You can always go cheaper I'm sure but who wants to go cheap when it comes to a child's health. I'm just glad I never had to spend a dime on formula!



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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 17:32 PM   16
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I didnt breastfeed Harrison as my OH has a disability and we wernt sure what he would be able to do with the baby and so we talked about it and decided that we would FF so that he could bond too.

Turns out he can do much more than we first though, he can get him dressed blah blah. The only thing (i can think of this second) is bathing Harrison, he cant balance himself and keep hold of LO or catch LO if he slips/falls in the bath.

With the next baby I will try BF but if it doesnt work or I dont feel comfortable with it etc then I have no problems with using formula.

I think the way you feed your baby is a completely personal choice and you shouldnt feel pressured into feeding either way if you dont want to etc.

My only piece of advice is to not put too much pressure on yourself with breastfeeding, there are so many women on here that feel guilty for not being able to BF - you have to realise that formula will be good enough for you baby if your unable to BF.

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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 17:39 PM   17
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This is going to sound a bit odd probably

BUT i always thought i wouldn't because i've always had a body issues and hated my boobs through my ealier teen years. Only once i met my OH i began to like my bosy properly lol

However getting closer to TTC i feel like i really want to BF. I mean i'll be really private about it probs, not one of those who does it in the middle of an airport.

I now see it as why go out and spend money on something when you've got it for free at home lol x

EDIT: I think if baba can't latch i'll pump instead of formula for a while



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 21:34 PM   18
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As cleckner04 said it's about $30/tin for the good stuff here. I used formula when he was 9 months and went through about a tin every 5/6 days, but when he was on BM only he would've been through close to 2 a week i think.
Wishandwant, pumping is just a lot of work. Instead of feeding the baby and being done, you feed the baby and then have to pump. It was hard, especially at night when you just wanted to go back to bed! It was frustrating having to take all the equipment everywhere we went, all the washing & sterilizing...just seemed to me like the hardest parts of both formula feeding and BF'ing. IYKWIM.



 
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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 05:19 AM   19
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I will definitely try to and I hope I will be able to, but if I can't, I can't.

My Mum couldn't breastfeed me...well, more like I wouldn't let her, I was a bad baby! I was fed soya milk, and it's not done me any harm, I've got a PhD, lol! I have niggles with my immune system but as my Dad has the same I suspect I'd still have this even if I had been breastfed.

I know it's easier said than done, but try to ignore people who criticise you for not breastfeeding. How is it any of their business anyway? You do what is right for you and your baby, and you will both benefit from it, whether that be breastfeeding or bottle feeding.



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Old Feb 5th, 2011, 07:20 AM   20
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I'd never judge anybody else on this either, it's a shame that people get judged isn't it?...

I'm going to bf, hopefully I can do it, but I do wonder - I have really small ones!! My fella is happy because he says it'll be cheaper

My friend is feeding formula from birth and currently her baby is having lots of trouble, reflux and colic, screaming morning, noon and night, I did wonder if formula made such things worse? You know with it not being natural? I don't know? Of course I didn't mention this to her!



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